A WALK IN THE (LADY)WOOD
Courtesy of Roundhouse Birmingham
There’s nothing better than a wander around Brum with the dulcet tones of Benjamin Zephaniah in your ears. Experience just that through the good people of Roundhouse Birmingham, in partnership with We Don’t Settle, and their latest audio tour, ‘My Voice, My Path, Our History’.
The latest result of their ongoing collaboration, the self-guided audio tour of places of interest and importance in Ladywood, was co-written and researched by five young women of colour, supported by producers from both companies, alongside Black Heritage Walks Network. Black histories and heritage of the area were researched, and the tour planned, by five ‘project activators’: Tia, Nina, Ilhan, Amira and Rayhanah – students, creatives and a spoken word poet, all passionate about Brum.
The tour loops you from the Roundhouse, into Ladywood, visiting ten places before heading back to the start, covering around two miles in total. Familiar faces and voices feature, with stories taking you back as far as 200 years ago, to the modern day. Hear clips from an interview with poet, activist and legend Benjamin Zephaniah, as well as tour stops for Sir Lenny Henry and jazz musician, Andy Hamilton MBE. From visiting legends’ hotspots you’ll also walk to iconic black-owned businesses, like Granny’s Original Takeaway and Mellow’s restaurant.
Free to access through the Geotourist app, there’s an accompanying digital multimedia resource to dig deeper into these stories, featuring extended versions of interviews, videos, blogs, photography and more, and includes the full interview with Benjamin Zephaniah, plus a fascinating insight into the underground black music scene in Birmingham.
We Don’t Settle and Roundhouse Birmingham’s Partnership has previously produced the ‘Birmingham by Night’ exhibition and ‘Herstory of Birmingham’ Zine, helping to empower young people of colour to amplify unheard stories and voices in heritage, and this brilliant new addition to their repertoire will be an insight into Ladywood’s rich history. Get the audio
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